In 1991 artist Ed Levine purchased a property in Vermont as a summer home and weekend respite from teaching at MIT in Cambridge, MA, where he was the Founding Director of the Visual Arts Program from 1989-1998 and Professor of Art from 1998-2002. When Ed died in 2020, his Vermont home, studio, and site-specific work was bestowed to his foundation, the Harpo Foundation. Now, the long engagement Ed had with the Vermont landscape will be extended to other artists through Back River Road Residency Retreat and through public access and education programs about Ed’s longtime project, “Vermont Village: A Conversation between Art, Water and the Land.”
The Back River Road Residency Retreat was established to provide time and space for artists to extend their work by engaging with the natural environment in a rural setting at Ed Levine’s former summer home in South Royalton, Vermont with a special emphasis on encouraging a new conversation between the artist and the landscape. Each summer, two artists will be invited to spend 6 weeks at the South Royalton property, provided a stipend, and supported by a small on-call staff.
More information about the residency program and Ed’s site-specific Vermont Village project situated on the property can be found on the Back River Road website.